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Registration Fee Rise Shock

May 18 – Nurses face a steep increase in their practice registration fees to pay for a surge in complaints against them, it has been announced. A new fee of £120 proposed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council would mean an increase of nearly 60 per cent.

The NMC says it is facing a 48 per cent increases in referrals of serious complaints against nurses and midwives in the last two years. Its expenditure is set to rise to £73 million a year from £52 million – paying for up to 20 hearings a day into complaints. The organisation says it is currently dealing with some 4,300 complaints against the UK’s 670,000 nurses and midwives.

The increase follows a turbulent year at the organisation and the loss of its chair and chief executive.

Interim chair Professor Judith Ellis said:” We recognise that it is a very difficult time to ask nurses and midwives to pay more for their regulation. It is clear that the rising costs of delivering fitness to practise have now outstripped the income that the £76 fee provides.

“Whilst the final level of the fee will be determined by the outcome of the consultation, I must warn registrants that an annual fee in the order of £120 is the level that is needed to protect the public and to ensure the integrity and the reputation of the professional register.”

But Obi Amadi, of Unite union, said: “Our members are horrified by this proposed 58 per cent rise from £76 to £120-a-year – a fee they must pay, if they wish to practice their profession.

”Our members resent having to pick up the bill for the failings of the NMC – which have been highlighted by two independent reviews saying how dysfunctional the organisation is.”

Source: Englemed Newsroom

13 comments… add one
  • I am a single parent already coping with debts(curtesy of my x)and 2 kids. I am already working 2 jobs to make ends meet. How do they think I can afford to pay this increase, do I have to let my kids have less food or keep the heating off?

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  • I am shocked. how can people from healthcare syteme, let s say NMC, can let do that. Many nurses already work bank and agencies shift in addition to theira duties . Why don t employers pay our fee? That may sounds reasonnable in comparison with the salary we get evey mounth. i should consider to work full time agencie, what s the point to work hard . nights . long day and week ends. christmas and new eve. worst of all, i don tfeel people from top even realise the standing of life many nurses even with great experience face every day. Shame on them.

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  • I would like to know more about these complaints and who these nurses are. This 48% increase could mean anything. I would like to know how many complaints there were before. It could be in single figures for all we know. The number crunchers are very clever at giving out percentage increases, but we should be told what the numbers were in the first place!

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  • In addition to my previous comment, most nurses will spend their whole career without complaints made against them. They will have paid their annual fee with very little in return and then find , as usual, that it is the minority who fail to maintain their standards, that we all have to pay for. How just is this??

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  • If the NMC were more supportive of nurses then perhaps there wouldn’t be so many complaints against them. Reading the RCN Bulletin recently about a Nurse who waited 8 yrs to be told she had ‘no case to answer’ is an appalling example of this. Doctors are literally getting away with murder and nobody is on their tail – nurses make a minor error and the world comes down on top of them. Raising the cost of the ‘privledge’ of being a nurse is just another reason for me to give it up!

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  • This is a disgrace.

    The nmc should look at their own working practice to try and cut costs. Maybe change locations from the extremely expensive central London address of their head office for starters?

    As usuall, the buck has been passed to the nurses, we must pay through the nose for the privilage of practicing in a career which offers poor wages for back breaking work, increasing demands and accountability. The politics and bureaucracy surrounding this job makes so difficult to remain focused and motivated, why make things harder by increasing a fee we all thought was too high in the first place?

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  • This is disgraceful, yet another example of an organisation that is unable to balance their books and treats its client base as though they have unlimited funds available to correct their mistakes. How is this meant to help recruitment?

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  • I am a single parent and still supporting my family back home. This is totally ridiculous, especially for people like us who are trying our best to abide the rules and regulation of nmc and you are increasing our fees just to cover the complaints which is not even our fault.And what guarantee do we expect from nmc from increasing our fees if the company will still continue to sack us nurses and midwives?will you give us job or even help us support our family? this nmc is just plain money making. you don’t even provide us with free seminars or continuing education.I only see the word nmc when it’s due for my yearly membership.no wonder one day, nurses or midwives will sue the nmc itself.totally inconsiderate this is.

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  • If they do put the fee up they should maybe let us pay in instalments as this is alot to pay in one go!

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  • I have always wondered why the NMC headquarters have to be in such a grand (and therefore expensive ) setting????
    This also goes for the RCN…..
    It would be so much cheaper to get them a house at the outskirts of London surely??

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  • These increases? Are they raising the amount we pay knowing full well we are a submissive profession and the likelyhood of us taking any type of industial action out of the question?
    Just a thought!

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  • totally agree with you!!!! They,re wealth creators like the RCN.. out out out with them !!!!!

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  • This is unfair why pay for people complaining against us nurses. For starters we aint paid much we are struggling to make ends meet, working two jobs. The increase is just too much we used to pay this after 3 years why the increase~?? is this our fault we have not even received an increament yet if we do it will be may 2% compared to 57% increase in fees. When we get assaulted and abused noone pays us…

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